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Legal Holiday Learning: Rabbi Bernard Illowy’s handling of intermarriage controversies

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Jan 2, 2020
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Venue: Young Israel of Oak Park Young Israel of Oak Park

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One of the most fascinating rabbinic figures in early American Jewish history was Rabbi Dr. Yissochar Dov Bernard Illowy. A student of the Chasam Sofer, and a PhD from The Univetsity of Budapest, Rabbi Illowy came with a wealth of rabbinic and secular knowledge to the united stated in the mid-19th century. As he soon learned, due to a laxity in religious observance, the few orthodox rabbis in the country at the time were left to pick up the pieces. We discussed 2 issues of the time- burying a woman who some said wasn’t Jewish in the Jewish cemetery, and disallowing mohalim from circumcising babies born to non-Jewish women.

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